enid blytons dorset adventuresEnid Blyton first visited Purbeck in the 1940’s and fell in love with the area.

She and her family spent a great deal of time in Dorset and many of our iconic locations feature in her tales.

Born in 1897, she wrote some 762 stories before her death in 1968. And although some of the characters portrayed in her books are the subject of controversy, her books continue to have an avid following.

In her Famous Five books Corfe Castle is re-imagined as Kirrin Castle. In the Famous Five Go Off To Camp, written in 1948, the Blue Pool, in Furzebrook, Wareham, is referred to as an “enormous lake that glitters in the August sunshine”.  Lulworth Cove is the setting for the Rubadub Mystery, whilst Brownsea Island plays host to the Five Have a Mystery to Solve.

If you’re a fan you can follow in the Famous Five’s footsteps by visiting many of the locations mentioned.  For more information see Visit Dorset – Enid Blyton, but you will need to provide your own Timmy the dog and lashings of ginger beer!